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'TV Land Awards' Honor Classic Television

by Felicia R. Lee

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Host Megan Mullally

There are no snarky blogs and the mood on the red carpet is breezy. For those who like their awards programs drenched in warmth with a huge dollop of nostalgia, the annual "TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV" is here. Megan Mullally, the Emmy Award-winning actress who stars on NBC's "Will & Grace," will do the honors as this year's host.

The awards program, taped on Sunday, March 19 at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, premieres on TV Land and Nick at Nite on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Each year, the program, which will be simulcast on TV Land and Nickelodeon's Nick at Nite, has attracted a longer roster of high-profile television stars.

For the fourth annual show, that roster includes Billy Crystal, who is presenting a special award to Sid Caesar. Patrick Dempsey, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd (aka McDreamy) on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," will accept the Future Classic Award for a promising new show. "Dallas," "Cheers," "Good Times" and "Batman" will be among the programs honored.

Mary Tyler Moore will present the Legend Award to "Cheers," which won 27 Emmy Awards during its run on NBC from 1982 to 1993. Onstage representing "Cheers" will be cast members Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Shelley Long and Rhea Perlman. "We just had a wonderful time," Norman Lear, the show's executive producer, said in an interview. "It was a very different time in our culture, generally."

Lear is well known for developing a number of other series with social bite during the 1970's, among them "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," about a newly affluent black family in New York City. "Political correctness was not where it is now," he said. "America had an easier time laughing at itself."

"Batman," broadcast on ABC from 1966 to 1968, will be honored on its 40th anniversary. "Batman" alumnus Adam West and Burt Ward will accept on behalf of the classic show. "TV Land is part of the elephant graveyard of comfort TV," West said, who played the title character in the show. "I had a chance to create a signature role, which few actors get to do. One of the real rewards is the warmth with which people greet me."

The Pop Culture Award will be presented to "Dallas," for making the leap from television series to phenomenon. Cast members Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton and Linda Gray will accept the award for "Dallas."

The show, about the Ewings, a clan of wealthy, dysfunctional Texans, was broadcast on CBS from 1978 until 1991 and is considered one of the first nighttime soap operas. When the conniving oilman J. R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was shot, speculation over who did it became something of a national frenzy.

"Good Times," a comedy about an African-American family in a Chicago housing project, broadcast on CBS from 1974 to 1979, will receive the Impact Award for offering both entertainment and enlightenment. Representing "Good Times," John Amos, Jimmie Walker and BernNadette Stanis will accept the award.

As in past years, the emphasis is on honoring (and featuring) performers from what it regards as classic shows. TV Land, which turns 10 this year, broadcasts the old favorites to 87 million households. Both TV Land and Nickelodeon are owned by Viacom Inc.

"When we first came up with this idea four years ago the initial reaction was 'Not another awards show,'" said Larry W. Jones, TV Land and Nick at Nite President. "But there's nothing like this

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2006 TV Land Award Nominations

In the beginning we had a weekly TV-line up that you can only dream about seven days and nights a week. From the Warner Bros. Cartoons that has entertained several generations of youngsters on ABC, 1960-68.

TV hit a golden pinnacle of classic TV shows in the days of glorious TV viewing including: "All In The Family," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show and "The Bob Newhart Show" among other numerous multi-time Emmy winners.

TV Land lets us relive those moments of sitting on the couch and watching those classic TV shows of yesteryear. On Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. TV Land is serving up a delectable selection of memorable TV moments.

Here are the following categories and nominees for the "2006 TV Land Awards."

Special TV Land Awards

Pop Culture Award

"Dallas"

Impact Award

"Good Times"

Legend Award

"Cheers"

Future Classic Award

"Grey's Anatomy"

40th Anniversary Celebration

"Batman"

Pioneer Award

Sid Caesar

2006 TV Land Award Nominations

(winners will appear highlighted in red)

Favorite Singing Siblings

Donny & Marie

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2006 TV Land Award Winners

Pop Culture Award

"Dallas"

Impact Award

"Good Times"

Legend Award

"Cheers"

Future Classic Award

"Grey's Anatomy"

40th Anniversary Celebration

"Batman"

Pioneer Award

Sid Caesar

Greatest TV Dance Craze

The Fonzie

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